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Zen and Kaby Lake will only support Windows 10

Microsoft continues its heavy-handed tactics to push PC enthusiasts towards Windows 10, locking Intel's Kaby Lake and AMD's Zen support to the OS.

Published Fri, Sep 2 2016 2:11 PM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 1:40 PM CDT

Much to the dismay of Windows 7 users everywhere, Microsoft is keeping its word: Intel's new 7th-generation Kaby Lake and AMD's Zen processors will only work with Windows 10 PCs.

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Back in January Microsoft wrote up a controversial edict that tried to shorten Skylake's lifecycle on legacy Windows OS and lock newer CPU hardware--including Kaby Lake and Zen--exclusively to Windows 10. After tons of pressure from the PC crowd, Redmond relented on Skylake...but what about Kaby Lake and Zen? Both processors are on the horizon, and PC enthusiasts need to know if their OS will be compatible.

Microsoft has now confirmed to PC World that its decision concerning Kaby Lake and Zen is final: Windows 10 only. "As new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support," a Microsoft spokeswoman told PC World, reiterating the initial proclamation. "This enables us to focus on deep integration between Windows and the silicon, while maintaining maximum reliability and compatibility with previous generations of platform and silicon."


Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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